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News Archive: 2010

December 27, 2010
Museum programs for Alzheimer's patients show the power of art as therapy

One woman told docent Kathe Patrinos she didn't like the painting Ms. Patrinos was leading a discussion about during a tour of the Carnegie Museum of Art by a special group from a senior care facility. The visitor said it was too confusing, and when the docent asked why, she was thrilled to get a response. more »


December 27, 2010
Warhol involves patients in art world

The Alzheimer Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Andy Warhol Museum have collaborated on two small programs for people with Alzheimer's disease. more »


December 20, 2010
Study ties blood protein to Alzheimer's brain abnormalities

In NIH-supported study, blood test in symptom-free volunteers links levels of specific protein with beta amyloid deposits. more »


December 2, 2010
Alzheimer’s Disease Information Network Monthly E-Newsletter

This newsletter is provided to educate the public about AD and clinical studies by the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. more »


November 15, 2010
Mouse study shows effect of blood pressure drug on Alzheimer's disease

NIH-funded study finds drug stabilizes nerve cells in the brain

A drug used decades ago to treat high blood pressure has been shown to improve learning and memory in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study found that the drug, diazoxide, acted on nerve cells in the mouse brain in ways that slowed the development of the neurodegenerative disorder. The findings appear in the Nov. 15, 2010, print edition of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.


November 4, 2010
Alzheimer’s Disease Information Network Monthly E-Newsletter

This newsletter is provided to educate the public about AD and clinical studies by the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. more »


November 4, 2010
Study: DHA omega-3 ineffective for people with Alzheimer's

Newly published results of a clinical study using DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, to treat mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's showed no slowing of cognitive or functional decline, nor was there any change in the rate of brain atrophy over 18 months. DHA occurs naturally in the brain and is found in reduced amounts in people with Alzheimer's. Previous research had suggested that mental decline could be slowed or prevented by eating fish or taking supplements such as fish oil pills. more »


October 28, 2010
Severe Sepsis Associated with Later Cognitive, Physical Decline

Older adults who survive hospitalization involving severe sepsis, a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to severe infection, are at higher risk for cognitive impairment and physical limitations than older adults hospitalized for other reasons, researchers have found. more »


October 28, 2010
Study: Smoking may greatly increase risk of Alzheimer’s

Heavy smoking in midlife may more than double a person's odds of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study reports. Researchers say the study is the first to examine the long-term consequences of heavy smoking on Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. more »


October 22, 2010
Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Enters Next Phase of Research

Groundbreaking NIH-supported study expands, seeks new volunteers

The National Institutes of Health is expanding the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a groundbreaking study that will recruit hundreds of new volunteers to help define the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. more »


October 18, 2010
Alzheimer's Disease Affecting More Women

ADRC Director, Oscar Lopez, MD talks to WTAE about Alzheimer's disease. more »


October 18, 2010
Walking 6 Miles a Week May Preserve Memory, Erickson-Led Study Says

Pitt Researcher, Kirk Erickson, PhD in the News. more »


October 4, 2010
Alzheimer’s Disease Information Network Monthly E-Newsletter

This newsletter is provided to educate the public about AD and clinical studies by the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. more »


September 13, 2010
Mild Cognitive Impairment More Common in Older Men Than Older Women

NIH-supported study suggests gender differences in cognition problems

Older men may be at risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, earlier in life than older women, according to a study appearing today in Neurology.

Primarily funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, the study raises the question of whether there may be a gender difference in the development and progression of MCI. more »


September 3, 2010
Alzheimer’s Disease Information Network Monthly E-Newsletter

This newsletter is provided to educate the public about AD and clinical studies by the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. more »


World Alzheimer's Day is September 21, 2010

Join the world on September 21, 2010. September 21 is World Alzheimer's Day – a day when the Alzheimer's Association joins with organizations and people around the globe to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and its impact on our families, communities and nations. Today, 35 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias, and this number is growing rapidly. World Alzheimer's Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease and the need for more education, support and research. Take action by joining one of the many World Alzheimer's Day events. more »


July 21, 2010
NIA and Alzheimer's Association Lead Effort Considering Updates to Clinical and Research Diagnostic Criteria

Scientists unveiled draft proposals this week from three workgroups convened by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association to update clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and research criteria for pre-AD and the use of biomarkers in MCI. more »


July 2, 2010
Alzheimer's Disease Information Network Monthly Newsletter

This newsletter is provided to educate the public about AD and clinical studies by the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. more »


June 10, 2010
Gene Linked to Alzheimer's Disease Plays Key Role in Cell Survival

Scientists have discovered that a gene linked to Alzheimer's disease may play a beneficial role in cell survival by enabling neurons to clear away toxic proteins. A study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, shows the presenilin 1 (PS1) gene is essential to the function of lysosomes, the cell component that digests and recycles unwanted proteins. However, mutations in the PS1 gene-a known risk factor for a rare, early onset form of Alzheimer's disease-disrupt this crucial process. more »


June 3, 2010
Alzheimer's Disease Information Network Monthly Newsletter

This newsletter is provided to educate the public about AD and clinical studies by the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. more »


June 2, 2010
NIH-Supported Study Looks for Earliest Changes in the Brain That May Lead to Alzheimer's Disease

Volunteers are being sought for a clinical study examining the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer's disease appear. Researchers are looking for people with the very earliest complaints of memory problems that affect their daily activities. The study will follow participants over time, using imaging techniques developed to advance research into changes taking place in the structure and function of the living brain, as well as biomarker measures found in blood and cerebrospinal fluid. more »


May 20, 2010
Breaking news: Changing the trajectory of
Alzheimer’s disease


Released today, a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association, Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: A National Imperative, shows that in the absence of disease-modifying treatments, the cumulative costs of care for people with Alzheimer’s from 2010 to 2050 will exceed $20 trillion (in today’s dollars). The report also says the number of Americans age 65 and older who have this condition will increase from 5.1 million today to 13.5 million by mid-century, and explores what type of Medicare and Medicaid savings are possible if treatments that change the course of the disease become available.

Read more about the report here »


May 7, 2010
Alzheimer's Disease Information Network Monthly Newsletter

This newsletter is provided to educate the public about AD and clinical studies by the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study. more »


April 28, 2010
Independent Panel Finds Insufficient Evidence to Support Preventive Measures for Alzheimer's Disease

Many preventive measures for cognitive decline and for preventing Alzheimer's disease—mental stimulation, exercise, and a variety of dietary supplements—have been studied over the years. However, an independent panel convened this week by the National Institutes of Health determined that the value of these strategies for delaying the onset and/or reducing the severity of decline or disease hasn't been demonstrated in rigorous studies.

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February 03, 2010
Latest Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease Research Released

The National Institute on Aging's annual report on Alzheimer's disease research is now available. Alzheimer's disease research is moving forward in many scientific domains, providing new knowledge to pave the way for advances in diagnosis, treatment, caregiving, and perhaps one day prevention of the disease.

The latest report, 2008 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease: Moving Forward in Discovery, summarizes current scientific directions and highlights findings from National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer's research related to:

  • epidemiology
  • basic research
  • the interface between healthy cognitive aging and Alzheimer's disease
  • genetic causes and risk factors
  • nongenetic risk and protective factors
  • diagnosis
  • the search for effective therapies
  • clinical trials
  • coping and caregiver support
Also included are a brief primer on the disease and two tables that list ongoing NIA-funded prevention and treatment clinical trials, and trials examining age-related cognitive decline in healthy older adults.

The report is produced by the National Institute on Aging, the primary Federal agency supporting research in Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive change. This year's report is available online only on the NIA website. To download or read the 2008 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease, go to http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/ADProgress2008.

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